Here is your SEC Recap for March 16th
ATLANTA – Jacob Esch drew a bases-loaded walk to break a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning, and Andrew Robinson pitched a perfect ninth as the No. 3 Georgia Tech baseball team defeated rival Georgia, 6-5, Tuesday night at Russ Chandler Stadium.
The Yellow Jackets have now won five-straight games at Russ Chandler Stadium against the Bulldogs, and improve to 14-1 on the season. Georgia fell to 8-9 overall with the loss.
#8 Florida 8 #4 Florida State 5
No. 6 Florida (13-3) limited No. 4 Florida State (13-3) to one hit over the final seven innings and overcame a pair of three-run deficits en route to an 8-5 victory in front of a season-high 4,773 fans at McKethan Stadium on Tuesday night. Sophomore left-hander Nick Maronde (Lexington, Ky.) (1-0) threw two scoreless and hitless innings to earn the win and junior southpaw Kevin Chapman (Coral Springs, Fla.) kept the Seminoles off the scoreboard over the final three frames to pick up his third save. Sophomore Preston Tucker (Tampa, Fla.) (2-for-3) continued his torrid stretch by driving in four runs, giving him 13 over the past four games.
Western Kentucky 17 #18 Vanderbilt 2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brian Edelen pitched six shutout innings of three-hit baseball, and Kes Carter and Matt Rice each hit a grand slam to help WKU rout 18th-ranked Vanderbilt, 17-2, Tuesday night in Nashville, Tenn. The win snaps Vanderbilt’s 10-game winning streak and is WKU’s first victory over the Commodores since a 6-4 triumph on March 28, 2006, ending a span of six-straight losses.
The Hilltoppers have already defeated two ranked opponents in 17 games in 2010, giving them a pair of wins over ranked opponents in the same season for the first time since taking two out of three games against 19th-ranked Louisiana-Lafayette on May 21 and 22, 2005. WKU’s record improves to 13-4 with the win, and Vanderbilt is now 14-2.
#22 Ole Miss 17 Arkansas Pine Bluff 1
OXFORD, Miss. - Taylor Hashman scored a school record six runs, going 3-for-4 at the plate with six RBI as he helped lead No. 19 Ole Miss (13-4) to a 17-1 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (3-8) on Tuesday night at O-U Stadium/Swayze Field.
The six runs scored broke the previous record of five set by Bobby Wilson in 1948 and matched six other times. The record was most recently matched by Chris Coghlan in the 2006 season before Hashman set the new mark Tuesday night.
Ole Miss Recap
Arkansas Pine Bluff Recap
#23 Alabama 5 Minnesota 4
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 21 University of Alabama baseball team scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 5-4 come-from-behind win over the University of Minnesota Tuesday night at Sewell-Thomas Stadium.
Alabama (13-1) posted its third comeback win of the season and won its second game in its last at-bat with its win over Golden Gophers.
Sophomore first baseman Jon Kelton started the winning rally with a leadoff walk against UM relief pitcher Billy Soule and moved into scoring position on junior catcher Brock Bennett’s sacrifice bunt. Right-hander Tim Ryan replaced Soule on the mound and the side-winder was greeted with an RBI single by pinch-hitter Brett Whitaker, scoring Kelton from second base to tie the game at 4-4.
South Carolina 15 Furman 0
Columbia, S.C. – Nolan Belcher hurled six scoreless innings to pick up his second win of the season and Scott Wingodrove in a career-high four runs as South Carolina defeated Furman 15-0 on Tuesday night at Fluor Field. This is the second consecutive season Carolina has defeated the Paladins 15-0 at Fluor Field. The Gamecocks are 12-4 on the year while Furman drops to 6-10 for the season. South Carolina returns to Columbia for a Wednesday night non-conference tilt vs. Davidson. First pitch at Carolina Stadium is set for 7 p.m. with live video broadcast at GamecocksOnline.com with the game also available on the Gamecock Radio Network.
Belcher allowed just four hits in six innings of work and tallied six strikeouts with just one walk allowed. He is 2-0 on the year. He combined with Patrick Sullivan, John Taylor and Jordan Propst for the second shutout of the season. Furman starter Barry Benton went five innings and allowed 11 runs, four earned, on nine hits with six strikeouts and two walks allowed. He is 0-4 on the year.
Auburn 11 Alabama A&M 1
AUBURN, Ala. – Dexter Price kept the Alabama A&M Bulldogs off the scoreboard for seven-plus innings and Tony Caldwell drove in Auburn’s first two runs with a sacrifice fly and a solo home run as Auburn defeated Alabama A&M, 11-1, on Tuesday evening. Auburn held a slim 4-0 lead after seven before erupting for seven runs in the eighth inning to win its seventh straight at Plainsman Park.
"Tonight it was very important for us to pitch well and Dexter Price did a great job. Ten ground-ball outs in a game that the final score did not indicate how close this game was," Auburn Head Coach John Pawlowski said. "Into the sixth inning the score is only 2-0 so it was important that we had someone out there that got ground balls and was ahead all night and Dexter was very efficient with his pitches."
Alabama A&M Recap